Kids are not coming to school with the tools and skills to play together and be physically active successfully. Whether it is because their neighborhoods aren't safe to play outside or they self-exclude due to bullying or ability differences they need a space where they can feel safe, included and respected. Our schools are drastically behind state regulations for physical activity time with budgets stretched and PE instruction at an all time low.
This year Playworks will be serving over 11,000 students in elementary schools in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. Every day we provide play and physical activity programming to 25 partner elementary schools, making recess a safe and inclusive environment for kids. Through our programs teachers are regaining 24 hours per year in teaching time that was previously lost to debriefing conflicts and scraps from the recess yard.
Playworks is a social change initiative. It is our vision that one day every child will have an opportunity to experience safe, inclusive play everyday. To do that we need to get adults, teachers, parents, companies and politicians playing. The importance of daily recess for students can transform school culture to a place where kids are making friends, being active, resolving conflicts on their own, and being respectful.